New York Jets starting safety Yeremiah Bell and starting defensive end Mike DeVito will miss Sunday night's preseason game against the Carolina Panthers, the team announced an hour before kickoff. Bell was struggling with a sore knee during Friday's practice and DeVito has been battling a calf strain, but neither is expected to miss any time during the regular season.
The other Jets who won't appear tonight are safety Eric Smith, cornerback Ellis Lankster, defensive tackle Brett Roy, linebacker Ricky Sapp, offensive tackle Dennis Landolt, wide receiver Chaz Schilens, tight end Jeff Cumberland and nose tackle Sione Po'uha.
A pair of rookies -- first-rounder Quinton Coples and Josh Bush -- will be starting in place of DeVito and Bell, respectively. Coples has been impressive thus far in the preseason, and can continue to prove he's worthy of frequent playing time with a strong performance in what's likely to be a long outing Sunday.
The Jets will have a full complement of starters on offense tonight, which will help everyone in evaluating how bad they truly are as a unit.